Other Important NSW Health Policies, Procedures & Guidelines

Students undertaking a placement in a NSW Health site must ensure that their placement supervisor covers all of the policies below and their implications during their induction or orientation at the beginning of their placement. (These policies are in addition to University policy requirements).

Security

Students should be aware of their responsibility to comply with security procedures with general security awareness relating to such things as use of equipment, community visits, locking of doors that are meant to be kept locked, prevention of theft, and parking related security risks. In rural and remote areas they may experience limited mobile phone access and may have to make alternative arrangements for communication.

Infection Control

Students will need to be familiar with and practice infection control standards including the hand hygiene policy.

Standard Precautions involve the use of safe work practices and protective barriers including:

  • Hand hygiene
  • Appropriate use of gloves
  • Use of facial protection
  • Use of masks
  • Use of gowns/aprons
  • Appropriate device handling
  • Appropriate handling of laundry
  • Incorporation of respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette.

Incident Management

Everyone involved in the health system is responsible for the minimisation of all clinical and corporate risks that exist in health services. Central to this is the management of all health care incidents as they occur. Management of incidents requires that a number of steps are taken to ensure any immediate risks that an incident may have identified are managed appropriately, and effective action is taken to improve systems.

Open Disclosure Guidelines

The open disclosure process provides an ethical framework for ensuring that staff inform clients/patients, and where applicable their support person, in an open, honest and empathetic manner about a client/patient related incident and its implications for the health care of those clients/patients.